There are airports on all the islands including Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and Tenerife. A number of airlines and charter flight companies operate flights to the main islands of the Canaries. Flight time is between 4 and 4 .5 hours from the UK and Ireland. For tips on the various airlines including weight allowances and policies concerning babies and toddlers click here and for tips on getting on air travel with a baby or toddler click here.
The airports in the Canaries are baby and toddler friendly and some have small play areas. There is Wi-Fi throughout the main airports along with shops, pharmacies, restaurants and cafes. If you have booked a package holiday your tour operator will meet you at arrivals and direct you to your transfer coach unless an alternative arrangement has been made.
If you have booked your own hotel you will either be relying on a hotel shuttle or a taxi service to take you. There are also buses which can take you to the main resorts from the airports, details of which can be found here. If you are renting a car, be sure to pre-book a car safety seat if you are not bringing your own as availability may be limited. The major European car rental agencies operate on the islands such as Hertz, Avis and Europcar and these agencies can all provide you with car safety seats in varying sizes. You may need to bring a travel sunshade for your infant also as it gets very hot.
There are no restrictions on taxis carrying infants without car seats in the Canaries and many people opt to carry their infants and toddlers on their laps. If this is not for you then you can either bring your own car seat or opt to rent a car or hire a taxi with a car seat. It is important to pre book your car seat if you’re taking a taxi or renting a car to ensure availability, although many taxis will have booster seats in the back,
The following taxi companies offer car safety seats:
Gran Canaria: www.shuttlegrancanaria.com
For further tips on travel safety click here.
Jet Lag – The Canary Islands are in the same time zone as Ireland and the UK so your baby should have no trouble acclimatising to the change. This is a major advantage in choosing it as a holiday destination with a baby or toddler.